In these days where alcohol has taken over from tobacco as the ultimate evil that is causing all the problems in Britain, to sit and watch a film that has, shock horror, a DRINKING CONTEST at one point makes this film seem very dated. But that is in no way a criticism, as this is one of the most enjoyable films I have watched for some time.
Peggy Mount steals the show all ends up with her firey and formidable matriarchal performance; and David Kossoff manages to appear hen-pecked, but not enough to annoy, if that makes any sense. A very understated Leslie Phillips tots up barely 10 minutes of screentime, which is something of a relief as in other films he has tended to be over-used, it seems, mainly to get as much of him as is possible. The same goes for Charlie Hawtrey, who admirably plays the part of a belligerent rat-bag which is totally at odds with the characters he was making so famous in the Carry Ons from that time - a testament to his sadly under-used acting talent.
The film never drags, never confuses or dithers along with any sub-plots. It is, purely and simply, a well written, superbly acted, and yes, actually quite laugh out loud funny in places, comedy which you really should buy right away.
But remember all of you - drinking is bad, so don't so it!